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Virtual StoneGate security solution bridges physical and virtual worlds
Centrally managed virtual security solution ensures network security and business continuity

Reading, UK – 27 February 2008 – Stonesoft, an innovative provider of integrated network security and business continuity solutions, introduces a comprehensive StoneGate Security Solution for VMware virtual environments. The first virtual appliance, StoneGate Firewall/VPN, protects the network and ensures business continuity in both virtual and physical network environments. The virtual StoneGate Security Solution stands out through its unified management and multiple deployment possibilities, allowing organisations to significantly reduce the costs and environmental impact of their IT infrastructure.

β€œThe StoneGate Security Solution for VMware virtual environments stands out through its flexible deployment possibilities and advanced manageability”, said Pentti Lehtinen, director, product management at Stonesoft. β€œWhereas regular, hardware-based firewalls do not run in virtual environments, StoneGate Firewall/VPN, as well as other virtual StoneGate appliances can be deployed in virtual as well as regular network environments. Moreover, all virtual StoneGate appliances can be managed with the same centralised management as the other components in the network security solution. This brings organisations significant cost savings, flexibility and sustainability.”

Virtual appliances provide organisations enhanced manageability and flexibility: new machines can be easily created and redundant ones destroyed. Moreover, they help organisations to reduce the environmental burden of their IT infrastructure through improved energy-efficiency and significant reductions in the need for server room space and hardware equipment.

The virtual StoneGate Firewall/VPN appliance functions like a regular firewall, protecting the servers in the virtual network, preventing attacks and securing data communications with multiple parallel Virtual Private Networks (VPN). The appliance can be used both in virtual machines and physical network environments.

StoneGate Security Solution for virtual environments is particularly attractive for Managed Service Providers (MSP), enabling them to manage several customer networks and appliances with just one server. Moreover, the virtual appliances can be installed at any location in the virtual networks, so they can be used to protect the traffic between consolidated servers in virtual environments. With StoneGate Management Center, the corporate security policy can be consistently enforced in both the virtual and physical network environments.

Stonesoft has recently entered the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) Program.

The StoneGate Security Solution for VMware virtual environments will be complemented by a virtual IPS appliance later this year.

About Stonesoft Corporation

Stonesoft Corporation (OMX: SFT1V) is an innovative provider of integrated network security solutions to secure the information flow of distributed organisations. Stonesoft customers include enterprises with growing business needs requiring advanced network security and always-on business connectivity.

StoneGateβ„’ secure connectivity solution unifies firewall, VPN, IPS and SSL VPN blending network security, end-to-end availability and award-winning load balancing into a unified and centrally managed system. The key benefits of StoneGate secure connectivity solution include low TCO, excellent price-performance ratio and high ROI.

StoneGate Management Center provides unified management for StoneGate Firewall with VPN, IPS and SSL VPN. StoneGate Firewall and IPS work together to provide intelligent defense throughout the enterprise network while StoneGate SSL VPN provides enhanced security for mobile and remote use.

Founded in 1990, Stonesoft Corporation is a global company with corporate headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and Americas headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information, visit www.stonesoft.com.

For more details, please contact:

Melanie Antonucci or Sally Forge
Prompt Communications on behalf of Stonesoft
Tel: 020 8996 1646 / Out of hours: 07780 687813
stonesoft@prompt-communications.com

Or

Stonesoft Corporation
Outi Torniainen
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Tel. +358 9 476 711
E-mail: outi.torniainen@stonesoft.com

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